Weekends in the Standard Possession Order for Texas

In my last post I discussed weekends under a Texas Standard Possession Order.  Every once in  a while a specific month provides a perfect example for things I am trying to explain.

Have a look at January 2014.  We know from my previous post that a standard possession order includes weekends measured by the first, third and fifth Friday of the month.

In January the date for a standard possession weekend are the 3rd, 17th and 31st.  Very simple, right?  Well, no it is not.  Most people think they have the first, third and fifth “weekend” of the month and don’t understand the Friday thing.  If you use that rationale, you would then be confused by the weekend of the 31st thinking that Saturday is the “weekend” and therefore that is the first weekend of February.  That thinking is wrong.

The 31st is a visitation weekend under a Texas Standard Visitation Order, but it is a fifth weekend.  If it is a fifth weekends, then the following weekend, February 7th, would be the first Friday of the month of February.  Back to back weekends.  It works like this every month there is a 5th Friday of the month.

Hope this helps.

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6 Responses to Weekends in the Standard Possession Order for Texas

  1. miss vanessa April 25, 2014 at 7:04 am #

    I am a little confused how the weekend’s work when a fifth and first weekend are back to back. For example may 30th and june 6th? Would the non custodial parent get the child two weekends in a row?

    Thank you

  2. Chris Schmiedeke April 30, 2014 at 1:27 pm #


  3. elisa sayles May 26, 2014 at 8:57 am #

    Summer parenting begins the monday after school lets out …my sons dad and i go back and forth in one week blocks ….however the first weekend of the month begins the friday that is the last day of school …my interpretation is that as soon as school is out visitation switches to the summer schedule so weekends are no longer included …so his dad would pick him up at 8 am monday morning as set forth in the plan ? Am i right in keeping him that weekend?

  4. Chris Schmiedeke May 29, 2014 at 10:14 am #

    I am not familiar with your order or your agreements so I cannot comment on that. However, to be clear for my readers, weekend visitations under a standard possession order continue throughout the summer.


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